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Tiger Woods’ world number one ranking under threat

UNDER THREAT: Woods, left, and Watson (PA)

SERIOUS BACK injury to Tiger Woods that has kept the American out of action for the last few months has meant his world number one ranking could be soon claimed by one of his competitors.

Woods has been unable to compete in the last few tournaments due to the injury that caused spasms and resulted in him undergoing back surgery.

It will be a big blow to the 14-time major winner to see his top ranking go while he sits on the sidelines.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is one of four players who could take the honour this weekend at The Players, as do Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar.

Speaking about the chance of claiming world number one for himself, Watson said: “It would be the same as winning a Green Jacket.

“It would be great for my family. It would be great to say thanks again to my mum. But it's not going to ruin my life or career if I don't get there.”

He added: “Nobody is trying harder out there because they can be number one.

“It is still a golf tournament, we are all still trying to win it. Sometimes people get wrapped up in becoming number one. Everybody is trying to seize the moment, no matter if it is to move from 100th to 50th.”

Speaking earlier this week, Woods said he still does not know when he can return to the game following surgery.

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